The 41st AEC Hackathon event was held in Seattle this past weekend and was great and filled with many smart and inspiring people and several new friends and connections. First, the Seattle weather was amazing and I got in a morning run and flight in South Lake Union area.
The AEC Hackathon was held in the University of Washington campus Department of Construction Management CERC.
Friday the event began with introductions, speakers including Damon Hernandez the AEC Hackathon Executive Director, Salla Palos Microsoft Director of Transformation Services, and Mollie Fadule of Cephas. After the speakers and introductions people attending got up and introduced themselves to form teams. This was really good to see and participate in. many of the members of the teams had never met nd had different backgrounds from technologists, architects, to civil engineers, and AR/VR experts. The teams would then work until Sunday on a project to present at the end. I believe the video of the final presentations from the teams will be available soon.
Truss system designed in Fusion 360
In the afternoon Mark Schoennagel of Unity gave a great overview of Unity real-time visualization technology and the upcoming direct Autodesk Revit import to Unity including materials with Autodesk which will be announced very soon as a preview.
I loved the animated seagulls shown in his real-time demo of a Unity office in London. After he showed real-time rain on the windows it dawned on me he could change the rain to white and blame the big flock of animated birds. I like Marks humorous style and giving us a real deep dive into Unity including workflows, pain points, VR, and the upcoming raytracing.
There were some great panel discussions along with questions and answers held Saturday.
Damon Hernandez, Samsung Research
Greg Howes, AEC Hackathon
Thank you to the AEC Hackathon organizers, participants, speakers, sponsors, University of Washington, and of course beautiful Seattle. See you all again soon.
Photo I took Saturday morning.
I hope to participate in many more AEC and other technology hackathons as I loved it!